Francesca Hartman: NPC National Bikini Competitor & Fitness Model
Many people think that these bikini, figure, and fitness competitors were always small and lean and it was very easy for them to achieve their awesome bodies. Well that may be true for a handful of them but not for Francesca Hartman. She made a complete body transformation losing over 80 pounds! Not only that this is a great accomplishment, but she has only been competing in this industry for about 2 years and shes already making her way to the top. Read her interview to learn more about her.
Hometown: Banning, California
Birthday: May 4, 1983
Weight: 130 Off Season/ 120 On Season
Occupation: US Army Drill Sergeant
What sparked your interest in training and how did you get started?
What sparked my interest in training was that I was only 5’3” and I was nearly 200lbs and climbing! I was in a job field that required me to set a physically fit standard and I wasn’t achieving that. In 2006, I made the choice to get fit and study how to eat right. In March of 2010 I took my first step onto the stage for San Diego’s GNC NPC, placed 1st and walked away hooked.
What motivates you to continue training?
My husband is a huge motivator for me. He has always been physically fit and such a role model for me. I felt like I owed it to him and myself to get fit and more importantly healthy.
What mistakes did you make as a beginner?
When I first started losing weight I had made a huge transition from eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. All at once I made a decision to become a vegetarian and lose weight. I had absolutely NO idea how to do this healthy and I would just skip meals because I was scared to eat something wrong. I lived on cereal/ macaroni cheese/ pastas/ breads and this bad girls list goes on. What I was eating before was so bad and it was what I thought was healthy lol.
If you can go back in time and change anything would you?
YES! I would have studied what the body needs to make the gains I wanted, even sought a nutritionist’s advice. I would have been ready to step on stage years sooner if I had only been educated in nutrition. As a vegetarian, I lose necessities from meat and fish that MUST be substituted in other way, especially if you want to gain muscle. It is much harder but I spent the past 3 years learning how to do this and of course I was the guinea pig for most food recipes, and some of them were quit scary.